Help in Sourcing Boer War Service Records

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Re: Help in Sourcing Boer War Service Records

Postby hussar1000 » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:21 am

I quick look at the Border Regiment medal roll for South Africa shows a Pte 1080 M Kelly, 1st Bn who received the Queens South Africa medal with clasps Transvaal, Orange Free State and Natal and also the Kings South Africa medal.
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Re: Help in Sourcing Boer War Service Records

Postby Jondi44 » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:40 am

Hello hussar1000,

Many thanks for your information. I am currently attempting to work my way through that which I have and hopefully decorations will show up in this. If I fail to find it in there I shall post back for more information on your source.

Thanks again.
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Re: Help in Sourcing Boer War Service Records

Postby plbramham » Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:33 pm

1080 is a very low early service number -late 1880s/ early 1890s?
There must be records, Good luck with search,
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Re: Help in Sourcing Boer War Service Records

Postby Jondi44 » Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:58 pm

I have a problem with the owner of that service number as indications are that he became a Chelsea Pensioner. The names are the same (Maurice Kelly) as is the place of birth (Chatham) and birth date (1867) but I wonder if it is possible that two men with the same name and place of birth could be in the same Regiment at the same time especially as I have his death certificate and know he was living with my grandmother at the time of his death???
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Re: Help in Sourcing Boer War Service Records

Postby plbramham » Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:14 pm

I can quickly reply, I believe until a certain date ( forget when, I actually think 1920s) all regiments issued their "own numbers" Thus meant you could be soldier " no 1000 Cheshire Regiment , or "no 1000 Border Regiment - see what I mean?
Does cause confusion, Regards Paul
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Re: Help in Sourcing Boer War Service Records

Postby IanT » Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:26 pm

Note the army service records aka Chelsea Pensioner records (actually discharge records) don't necessarily mean the man was resident in the Chelsea home. My gr gr grandfather has a similar record & he died at home here in Portsmouth.
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Re: Help in Sourcing Boer War Service Records

Postby Jondi44 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:04 am

Many thanks for your replies.

I understand the potential for confusion with different Regiments and the same number. It's not impossible but reasonably unlikely that a person with the same name would have the same number. I shall need to look closer.

Interesting that it would seem that a Chelsea Pensioner doesn't need to be resident. This could explain the records if all those who were eligible to be Chelsea Pensioners (resident) had there records indicating this. Again I shall need to look closer.

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